The world’s leading database of lost and stolen watches
Maximum peace of mind for the pre-owned luxury watch market
lost/stolen watches registered
lost/stolen watches located in 2022
of recovered watches found within 1 year of theft
All luxury brands can be checked including:
- Audemars Piguet
- Tag Heuer
- Patek Philippe
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Check if a watch is lost, stolen or fake
- Buy and sell with peace of mind
- Avoid financial loss
- Protect your reputation
- Search Certificate as evidence of your theft checks
Check watches by SMS, Whatsapp or via the web. Results within minutes.
Register a loss
Ensure the best chance of recovery
Your watch will be registered on the largest international theft database used by dealers, jewellers, pawnbrokers and auction houses to identify stolen watches. We will actively search for your watch on the global international market until it is recovered.
50% of our recovered watches are found within 1 year of the theft, and 35% within 6 months.
How can we help you?
Protect yourself from unknowingly trading in stolen watches: prevent financial loss, safeguard your reputation and gain customer confidence.
Avoid lending on stolen goods and prevent legal issues by running fast and effective theft checks on watches, jewellery and antiques.
Annual subscriptions for routine searching of watch catalogues and other specialist items to ensure your due diligence is taken care of.
Conduct the necessary checks before purchase to avoid losing your money to a stolen watch. If you fall victim to a theft, report your loss to ensure the best chance of getting your watch back.
Report losses free of charge to maximise recoveries and detect fraud. Our specialist team can be appointed to handle the recovery where required.
All our services are offered free of charge to police forces globally. We have been recovering stolen property and providing new leads for criminal investigations for over 30 years.
Reduce risk, ensure peace of mind.
THE WATCH REGISTER has established itself beyond question as the go-to database for insurers, police and the trade, as it has more and better data by far than any other register. With such a cheap, accessible and easy service available, what excuse is there for any dealer not to use THE WATCH REGISTER? In any case, the cost is in part reimbursed by the added value that the unique and impressive Watch Register certificates give to those watches which do not have their original papers or warranty card. We’ve established a happy rapport with the ALR team and found them professional, knowledgeable and efficient.Haywood Milton | Miltons Jewellers
The assistance provided by THE WATCH REGISTER team continues to be of great investigative value to police and contributes hugely to reuniting stolen goods with their rightful owners. The Art Loss Register has the biggest database of stolen watches and they are able to give an instant turnaround, with results for officers, the trade and the wider watch industry. This has proved extremely successful over the last couple of years and they are a great asset in the fight against crime.Metropolitan Police Flying Squad, London
I am really happy with the service. It was fast, with good communication and I am really glad to have my watch back.Rico Henry, Premier League footballer
Fish Brothers Group is both a pawnbrokers and traditional jewellery retailer. In recent years we have seen large growth in the pre-owned watch element of both of these businesses. THE WATCH REGISTER has been hugely important in this. Prior to its launch, and post Rolex shutting its lost and stolen register, we operated in a mercy world; always intent to do our best by our customers, but very aware to vulnerabilities. With the implementation of THE WATCH REGISTER however this has allowed us to operate in the knowledge that we have done our best in order to prove good provenance on any watch we acquire.Fish Brothers Group
We have been associated with THE WATCH REGISTER since 2016 and during that time we have been able to recover a number of lost and stolen watches and this includes re-uniting treasured timepieces with their grateful owners. THE WATCH REGISTER is an invaluable tool for the work that LMG do and the feedback we receive from the many insurance companies we work with is always positive.Loss Management Group (LMG)
Find a list of commonly asked questions and answers
THE WATCH REGISTER database is the global leader for due diligence and crime prevention in the luxury watch market. We hold the largest, most established database of lost, stolen and fake watches in the world, containing data compiled over 30 years. We provide expert pre-transaction serial number checks for traders and buyers against our international database, as well as specialist watch recovery services to victims of theft.
THE WATCH REGISTER operation is headquartered in London and is part of the Art Loss Register (ALR), the world’s largest private database of lost and stolen art, antiques and collectibles. Our founding shareholders were Lloyd’s of London and the leading global auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s, who remain major clients to this day.
The ALR, founded in 1990, has been responsible for the recovery of lost and stolen property worth hundreds of million of pounds. The experience gained by the ALR over 30 years enables THE WATCH REGISTER team to offer an unrivalled recovery service for victims of theft and due diligence tool for the watch trade.
THE WATCH REGISTER database is independent of any brands or retailers. Our sole purpose is to protect the pre-owned watch market, support the police and make watch ownership a crime-free pleasure.